Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., has already introduced a bill to prohibit mandating the COVID vaccine for troops. According to the Hill, he tweeted this month that he had been “contacted by members of our voluntary military who say they will quit if the COVID vaccine is mandated.”
There also is opposition to vaccine mandates from lawmakers in some states. State lawmakers across the U.S. have introduced more than 100 bills aiming to prohibit employers from requiring vaccinations, according to the National Academy for State Health Policy.
The pressure on employees could work because evidence shows people would rather get the vaccine than deal with burdens they consider onerous at work, said Lawrence Gostin, a professor of global health law at Georgetown University Law School.
“People would much rather roll up their sleeves and get a jab, than undergo weekly testing and universal masking,” he said. “In many ways, this is really not a mandate, it’s giving workers a choice.”
CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said Wednesday that some people are “sort of allergic” to mandates of any kind.
“I don’t want to turn them off,” she said in an interview on SiriusXM’s “Doctor Radio Reports.”
Walensky said that requiring vaccines at this point could be tricky because the Food and Drug Administration has authorized them only on an emergency basis and the full approval process could last several more months.
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